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Martial Arts for kids in Navan

Over the years many have asked

What is the best martial art?

What is the most important thing for kids to learn in Martial Arts?

Why should my kid learn Martial Arts?

How can Martial Arts help me?

Why are traditional Martial Arts important?

The answers are often evasive or self centred basing the response on a level of ‘come to my martial art as it is the best’.

The best martial art has a teacher and instructors that can communicate the importance of self defence and respect rather than fighting especially for kids. There are martial arts out there where the sporting aspect requires a particular fighting mindset and thats fine but only if that child is the kind of kid that wants that. There are many kids that do not have that fight in them and will feel safer in a martial art that will cater for each individual kids needs. That requirement must be clear and understood by the instructor who, through experience, will know the needs of each child and direct their training in a way that gives them full exposure to developing their full potential and not feel left out. For example, it is easy to teach a child how to protect themselves from bullies but it is equally important to make a child aware of the devastating effects of being a bully and to instil that from an early age. Good martial arts teach discipline and manners to a level that makes kids aware of bullying but also how not to become a bully. It is how you impart that knowledge and carefully place those valuable teachings on the minds of young people.

The most important thing for children to learn in martial arts is self defence but what is self defence? it is not fighting, it is being clever and dealing with difficult situations that will harm or hurt you and others. It is the last resort to fight your way out of trouble and the first thought or natural reaction, through good training should always be to escape. Running away is said to be the best escape but if a child has fear or worse, hatred, after running away then they have not truly escaped and have only partially removed themselves from danger. Strength in the mind is equally important to a childs understanding of self defence as much as physical techniques.

At Shogun martial arts Navan kids learn all of this with emphasis on good behaviour throughout all aspects of their lives and time spent well in good manners with a disciplined mind will keep you safe. Safety however is not just something that you can magically summon or wrap yourself in an impenetrable lovely warm cocoon. It is earned through hard work and good training.

All instructors at Shogun Navan are trained in Japan and each with their individual knowledge and training history bring valuable teachings to the kids here at the Navan ninja kids martial arts club. Manners, discipline, respect and the highest level martial arts techniques to train the body and the mind imparted at a level of understanding the needs of each child make the instructors in Navan Martial arts the most qualified teachers of kids martial arts.

and we are only a phone call away 046 9074530


Martial Arts Navan.

We are a family run Martial Art that teach children the value of Manners, Discipline and Respect. We teach adults Awareness, Confidence and Self Defence for all situations. We are a very old Martial Art and continue to teach the old ways. Children must learn how to escape from danger and know the difference between right and wrong. A clever Martial Artist does not need to fight but knows how to defend themselves when there is no other option.

The Martial Art we teach is called Genbukan Martial Arts and our dojo name is Sanzen Genbukan Dojo.

Our centre in Navan is designed as a traditional Japanese dojo with male and female changing rooms and a seated area for parents so you can enjoy a coffee and watch the class. We have a relaxed atmosphere but are dedicated to imparting knowledge and good manners while learning self defence with fun and games in a traditional environment

Our adult classes are structured exactly the same as our head dojo in Japan (Honbu) and teach in the traditional Japanese manner. You do not have to be big, strong or very fit to start Martial Arts you just have to walk in the door

Health benefits:

Traditional Martial Arts are renowned for their health benefits. Fitness will develop over time in a very positive way. What is not so well known is the mental health benefits. When you are learning something that has depth and enjoying yourself at the same time the benefits to mental health are enormous. You are physically and mentally moving all the time. Challenging the body and the mind in a positive environment

We remain true to our traditions and train directly under world renowned Ninpo Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura

Location: Shogun Martial Arts centre, Kennedy Place, Navan

We are located in the alley behind Donohoes Electrical next to the courthouse just off the main car park in the centre of Navan town with plenty of parking facilities all around us and within 1 minutes walk to the main shopping centre

Training Times

(there are additional lessons for the summertime at 11am and 12pm on Tuesday and Wednesdays) Please call the shop on 0469074530 to book into a class

Kids Classes:  (Ninja Kids)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings:-

ages 5 and 6 class at  5 – 5:45

Ages 6, 7 and 8 Classes at  6 – 6:45

Ages 8, 9, 10 and 11 classes at  7 – 7:45


Ages 5, 6, and 7 Classes at 11am – 11:45

Ages 8, 9, 10 and 11 classes at 12pm-12:45

(Teenagers Ages 12+)

High intensity Martial Arts fitness! Bag work and introduction to sword training

Class every Saturday 2:15 – 3:00pm / Wednesdays 8 – 9pm

(Ninja Tots)

Classes for 4 and 5 year olds:

Every Tuesday 4-4:30pm and Saturday 3:30-4pm

Kids / Teens Class Prices


Classes are 8 euro with discounts for families and siblings and all classes are pay as you go so there are no weekly or monthly fees

Tots fees are 5 euro per class.  It is a drop in class for half an hour and is pay as you go

Adult Classes:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings:-  8pm-9pm

Friday  (Weapons) 8 – 9pm

Saturday 1pm-2pm

Adult Class prices

Adult lessons are 10 euro per class with an introductory offer of 20 euro for your first three lessons so you get one lesson free

For further information on classes in Navan call our Martial Arts club  on 046 90 74530     Send us an email: or visit our website listed at the bottom of the page or just drop into the club for a look around and a friendly chat

At the Shogun Martial Arts training centre in Navan we teach Genbukan Ninpo along with traditional Japanese Jujutsu which itself is a complete Martial Art combining the oldest forms of Koryu Karate as well as weapons and every aspect of unarmed combat. The aim of traditional Martial Arts is to avoid conflict and win without fighting and for that reason the highest level unarmed techniques are trained and mastered both in the body and the mind. Children do not learn how to fight but how not to fight while at the same time capable of defending themselves with confidence and skill through awareness and discipline

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts train the mind as well as the body to endure all

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts train the mind as well as the body to endure all

Chief Instructor Martin O’Raghaillaigh holds the rank of 6th dan in Ninpo and 6th dan Jujutsu. He is a regular guest instructor at traditional Martial Arts clubs throughout the country. He is one of the rare Martial Artists in the west that holds authentic Japanese titles in traditional Japanese Jujutsu as well as other schools of Martial Arts. He is a personal student of renowned Ninpo grandmaster Shoto Tanemura.

Sensei Martin O’Raghaillaigh is also available for seminars countrywide.